The 4400 learn that they are really on their own when the power goes out at the Bois Blanc. With supplies running low they have to find a way to make some money.
Give Up The Ghost is a Jharrel centric episode that gave us an opportunity to learn more about his brother Manny (Calvin Seabrooks).
Exploring the past: Jharrel’s story
Whilst the 4400 are coming to terms with what it means to have no support from the Government, following his arrest in the previous episode, Jharrel is being held in a detention centre and tortured by Jessica Tanner.
Jessica believes that Jharrell stole files from Ipsi Med and wants to know if his brother asked him to steal them. She tells Jharrell that Manny isn’t’ actually missing as the government have him. I felt this was the lamest hand to play as the questions she asked Jharrell lacked any incite for someone who claimed to have the source. Luckily, despite being out of it from lack of sleep, Jharrel cottons on quickly that they don’t have his brother.
In his flashbacks, we learn that Manny is Jharrel’s half-brother and their relationship was strained. There is a good brother, bad brother dynamic as Manny was a juvenile delinquent when he was younger so Jharrel wasn’t shocked to see him in an ankle monitor when he pays him a visit at his apartment.
Manny tells his older brother that the feds stitched him up because they want him to work for them. Because he refused to cooperate with them, they’ve placed him under house arrest and made sure he can’t’ work for anyone else.
It’s the height of the pandemic and Manny has covid-19 as yet there is no vaccine so Jharrel decides to stay and take care of his brother. Through this experience, the brothers bond and Manny talks about his work. As he talked about DNA and Fibonacci sequence and time travel, I had to wonder if Manny was the one behind the 4400. Even though he was eventually taken by the green light, I still think it’s a possibility.
Soraya is a triple agent
In the previous episode, we saw Soraya hand over Andre’s files to Jessica so it came as no surprise when Soraya tagged teamed Jessica in questioning Jharrel. She claimed because she knew him, she’d get the answers they needed. Turned out she was working with Jessica to get the answers Jharrell needed. Using the book, Wrinkle in Time, she managed to work out the cypher to Manny’s code.
Jessica eventually believes that Jharrel doesn’t know anything and lets him go. Armed with the book and the cypher he’s able to figure out the code and finds Manny in the Bois Blanc hotel in room 437. He’s a 4400 with the power of invisibility. How cool is that?
Shanice and Mariah, Claudette and Mildred
There were several subplots going on through the episode, the most interesting one for me was Shanice and Mariah reaching an understanding about their relationship. Mother and daughter get a bonding moment when Mariah reveals that she has a crush on Mildred. They haven’t really had the chance to get to know each other and to figure out what their relationship will look like. As Mariah hasn’t told anyone else about her feelings for Mildred, she decides that this is the relationship she wants from her mum. Someone she can talk to and confide in.
Both Claudette and Mildred are back in town. Claudette gives Mildred a makeover and we learn that there was no bartending training. Where was Claudette all this time and why is she making tear gas? I hope all is revealed soon.
At the hotel
Keisha brings supplies to the hotel but when the power goes out, she is stuck in the elevator with the Rev who is claustrophobic. The Rev has a panic attack and she manages to calm him with breathing exercises. Things turn awkward when the Rev realises she is gay and Keisha has to give him the “I love who I love” speech when he tells her he doesn’t have a problem with the sinner just the sin. He tells her about his son and she tells him “It’s,2021 you got to get with it”. Will her little speech change Isaiah’s mind towards his son? That would be nice but let’s not hold our breath.
With the power out and supplies running low Logan and Andre bond over fixing the generator and Mariah sets up a crowdfunding page to help out. When she said fomofundme I had to do a spit take. FOMO stands for fear of missing out so was this a jibe at GoFundMe? I dunno. It pays off anyway and they now have a mysterious benefactor who buys the hotel. I wonder who they are and more importantly, what they want.
So, another jam-packed episode. I really feel the show is getting into its stride now and with the appearance of Manny we’re at the tipping point and should soon find out why the 4400 were taken, powered up and returned.